Thursday, August 4, 2011

It's Thursday











It's Thursday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 4th, the 216th day of 2011. There are 149 days left in the year.

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You're never too old for a big season.

From out to in: Western Conference....Eastern Conference.

From tragedy, Schwartz finds motivation.

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August is Motorsports Awareness.

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Stephen Greenberg Named Recipient of USA Hockey's
2011-12 Brendan Burke Internship

Boston College Graduate Will Begin Duties in September

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Stephen Greenberg (West Tisbury, Mass.), who has spent three seasons as a team manager for the Boston College men's ice hockey team, has been named the second recipient of the Brendan Burke Internship it was announced today by USA Hockey. Greenberg will begin his duties in September and be based at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Established in 2010, the Brendan Burke Internship is awarded annually to a recent college graduate who is pursuing a career in hockey operations. The internship was founded in memory of the late Brendan Burke, who served as a student assistant for the Miami University men's ice hockey team and was the son of Brian Burke, general manager of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team and the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs. Brendan Burke passed away in an automobile accident on Feb. 5, 2010.

"We welcome Stephen to our staff," said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of USA Hockey. "I'm confident he'll do a great job and make the most out of this unique and highly sought after opportunity."

Greenberg's responsibilities will vary from working with the NTDP, national teams, international events and player development camps to gaining experience with the American Development Model and Coaching Education Program.

Greenberg served three seasons (2008-11) as a team manager for the Boston College men's ice hockey team. He was the head manager his final campaign with duties focused on leading a team of six managers responsible for all aspects of day-to-day operations, including organizing travel, breaking down game film, and coordinating equipment needs. In addition, Greenberg organized team community and charity affairs, including Children's Hospital visits and autograph events.

He has coached and mentored Martha's Vineyard youth hockey players since 2002 and captained the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Varsity Ice Hockey team from 2005-07. Greenberg received the National High School Ice Hockey Hobey Baker Character Award in 2007.

For more information on the Brendan Burke Internship, visit BrendanBurkeInternship.com.

NOTES: Cole Burkhalter (Knoxville, Tenn.) served as the first-ever Brendan Burke intern and will conclude his year-long internship at the end of August ... Donations to the Brendan Burke Internship can be made by clicking here.

Abby Goldschmidt Scores Big with Degree Cool & Confident Kid Award

Wins Skills Clinic Led by 2010 Olympic Team Goalie
and Ohio Local Brianne McLaughlin

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey and Degree Deodorant today announced the winner of of the inaugural Degree Cool & Confident Kid Award. Abby Goldschmidt, a ten-year old from Orange, Ohio, was selected from hundreds of entries as this year's female Cool & Confident Award winner.

As part of her prize, Abby and her team, the Gilmour Sabres, will participate in a VIP skills clinic led by Brianne McLaughlin, a player on the past two U.S. Women's National Teams and the goaltender for the 2010 Olympic team. Her team will also receive $500 to help with equipment costs and team travel.

From bouncing back from injury to helping a teammate, tweens around the country submitted stories about their moments of success and how they aim to inspire others to challenge themselves.

"We are pleased to recognize Abby as our inaugural female winner," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "As a key partner of USA Hockey, Degree's Cool and Confident Kid Award program underscores the importance of building confidence both on and off the ice."

Goldschmidt's story sets an example of how other tweens can successfully overcome their sweat-inducing moments. "My mom started a learn-to-play clinic, the 'Momsters,' but had no one to run their practices. I volunteered to help and was given a whistle and a chance," says Abby. "Sharing some of the great drills and relay-races I've learned, I saw how much fun they were having, and quickly forgot about being nervous!"

NOTES: The Degree Cool & Confident Kid Award and Degree's sponsorship of USA Hockey is part of a larger Unilever mission to provide product solutions that help free tweens from odor and discomfort. For expert tips, tools and real life stories about how parents are communicating and transitioning their tweens into confident and self-reliant tweens, visit Facebook.com/DontFretTheSweat.

ABOUT USA HOCKEY

USA Hockey, Inc., founded in 1937 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the National Governing Body of the sport of ice hockey in the United States. With a membership of nearly 600,000 players, coaches, officials and volunteers that span all 50 states, USA Hockey seeks to promote the growth of hockey and provide the best possible experience for all participants by encouraging, developing, advancing and administering the sport. For more information, visit USAHockey.com.

ABOUT UNILEVER UNITED STATES, INC.

Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods with strong operations in more than 100 countries and sales in 180. With products that are used over two billion times a day around the world, we work to create a better future every day and help people feel good, look good and get more out of life with brands and services that are good for them and good for others. In the United States the portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe, Ben & Jerry's, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Good Humor, Hellmann's, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Pond's, Popsicle, Promise, Q-Tips, Ragu, Skippy, Slim-Fast, Suave, TIGI, Vaseline and Wish-Bone. All of the preceding brand names are registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. Dedicated to serving consumers and the communities where we live, work and play, Unilever employs more than 10,000 people in the United States - generating over $8 billion in sales in 2010. For more information, visit http://www.unileverusa.com/.

Busy Week Upcoming for American Teams
U.S. Teams to Compete in National Junior Evaluation Camp,
Under-17 Five Nations Tournament, and Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Many of the top American hockey players under the age of 20 will be in action next week, as U.S. squads prepare to take part in the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament, and the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

Forty-four of the top American players under the age of 20 will be auditioning for a spot on the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp from Aug. 6-13 in Lake Placid, N.Y. The camp will include practices, intrasquad scrimmages and international games featuring Finland, Sweden and the United States. FASTHockey will stream all games from this camp live and on demand.

2011 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp Schedule
Aug. 6-13 • Lake Placid, N.Y. • Olympic Center • USA Rink

Date Event Time (EDT) Live Webcast
Sat., Aug. 6 USA Blue Practice 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
USA White Practice 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Sweden Practice 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Finland Practice 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
USA Blue vs. USA White 4:00 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Sun., Aug. 7 Sweden Practice 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Finland Practice 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
USA Blue vs. USA White 4:00 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Mon., Aug. 8 Finland Practice 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
USA Blue vs. Sweden 1:00 p.m. FASTHockey.com
USA White vs. Finland 4:30 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Tues., Aug. 9 Sweden Practice 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Finland Practice 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
USA Practice 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Finland vs. Sweden 4:00 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Wed., Aug. 10 USA Practice 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Finland Practice 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
USA vs. Sweden 4:00 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Thurs., Aug. 11 Finland Practice 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
USA Practice 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
Sweden Practice 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
USA vs. Finland 4:00 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Fri., Aug. 12 Sweden Practice 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Finland Practice 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
USA Practice 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Finland vs. Sweden 4:00 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Sat., Aug. 13 USA vs. Sweden 1:00 p.m. FASTHockey.com
*all game and practice times subject to change

The Under-17 Five Nations Tournament will take place Aug. 9-13 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Ann Arbor, Mich. The U.S. Under-17 Select Team will take on teams from the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, and Switzerland. Tickets for the event can be ordered by calling the Ann Arbor Ice Cube box office at 734-327-9251 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. EDT. In addition, FASTHockey.com will stream all games from the tournament live and on demand, while live scoring and stats can be found at USAHockey.com.

2011 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament Schedule
August 9-13 • Ann Arbor, Mich.

Date Game
Time (EDT)

Live Webcast
Tues., Aug. 9 Slovakia vs. Germany 3 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Czech Republic. vs. USA 7 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Wed., Aug. 10 Switzerland vs. Czech Republic 3 p.m. FASTHockey.com
USA vs. Germany 7 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Thurs., Aug. 11 Germany vs. Czech Republic 3 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Switzerland vs. Slovakia 7 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Fri., Aug. 12 Germany vs. Switzerland 3 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Slovakia vs. USA 7 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Sat., Aug. 13 Czech Republic vs. Slovakia 3 p.m. FASTHockey.com
USA vs. Switzerland 7 p.m. FASTHockey.com
The U.S. Under-18 Select Team will take part in the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Aug. 8-13 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia. The tournament also includes teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, and Switzerland. Live scoring and stats from the event can be found here.

Team USA 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Schedule
August 8-13 • Breclav, Czech Republic & Piestany, Slovakia

Date Opponent Location
Time (EDT)

Mon., Aug. 8 Finland Piestany 8 a.m.
Tues., Aug. 9 Russia Piestany 8 a.m.
Wed., Aug. 10 Slovakia Piestany 11:30 a.m.
Fri., Aug. 12 Semifinals TBD TBD
Sat., Aug. 13 1st/3rd Place TBD TBD

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August is National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month.

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Rider rosters set for Week #6 vs BC.

Nye: Rider receivers need to raise their game.

After last week's disappointing loss to Calgary, the Riders will travel to Vancouver for a match up with the 0-5 BC Lions. Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri call the action on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network. Kickoff is set for 10:30pm EDT.

The view from Regina: Riders hoping James Robinson provides offensive spark.

The view from Vancouver: Lions grab Bruce from Ti-Cats for steal.

Visit the team's official website at http://www.riderville.com/.

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This is Mushroom and Onion Month.

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By the numbers: Week #6.

Campbell: Whitlock move makes sense.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website, http://www.cfl.ca/.

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month.

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Hi everybody. We're here at the mall to go to the playground. It will be fun!

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This is National Panini Month.

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ST PETERSBURG -- Joe Maddon brought to mind an old football coach during the second inning of the Rays 9-1 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.
Like a master of the gridiron running one off-tackle play after the next for the simple reason the defense could not stop it, Maddon directed the Rays to use three consecutive bunts in the second to help fuel a four-run inning while the Blue Jays struggled to defend it.
By winning, the Rays moved to 57-52 on the season to remain in third place in the American League East by a 1 1/2-game margin over the fourth-place Blue Jays.
Read the rest here.
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This is National Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The accomplishments were unprecedented. The potential seemed almost limitless.
The subject was the Giants' offense, and the source was Carlos Beltran.
Beltran was in the middle of the Giants' run production Wednesday during their critical 8-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. San Francisco's prized Trade Deadline acquisition collected three hits, leading a 12-hit output that complemented another solid effort from Ryan Vogelsong.
Read the rest here.

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Rock for Life Week starts today. (Linky Link)

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Today in Elvis History:

1956 -Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog" were released.

1960 - Elvis Presley was fitted for brown contact lenses for his role as Pacer Burton in the movie "Flaming Star."

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Coast Guard Day is today. (Linky Link)

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Today in Beatles History:

1966 - A ban of the broadcast of any and all Beatles records on most U.S. radio stations went into effect. The ban was in response to John Lennon stating that the band was now more popular than Jesus Christ.

1980 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono began recording their album "Double Fantasy."

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National Chocolate Chip Day is today.

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Today in Sports History:

1934 - Mel Ott became the first major league baseball player to score six runs in a single game.

1956 - William Herz became the first person to race a motorcycle over 200 miles per hour. He was clocked at 210 mph.

1957 - Juan Fangio won his final auto race and captured the world auto driving championship. It was his the fifth consecutive year to win.

1983 - New York Yankee outfielder Dave Winfield threw a baseball during warm-ups and accidentally killed a seagull. After the game, Toronto police arrested him for "causing unnecessary suffering to an animal."

1984 - Carl Lewis won a gold medal in the Los Angeles Olympics.

1985 - Tom Seaver of the Chicago White Sox recorded his 300th victory.

1985 - Rod Carew of the California Angels got his 3,000th major league hit.

1986 - The United States Football League called off its 1986 season. This was after winning only token damages in its antitrust lawsuit against the National Football League.

1996 - Josia Thugwane won a gold medal after finishing first in the marathon. He became the first black South African to win a gold medal.

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Today (and tomorrow) is National Underwear Day.(Linky Link)

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Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 12:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies 10:15pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC Lions 10:30pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- U.S. Cellular 250 presented by the Enlist Weed Control System at Iowa Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 1:40pm EDT

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies 4:05pm EDT

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